Pope Benedict is in Cuba, Latin America's least Catholic country. He arrived Monday in Santiago, where Cuba's revolution began in 1953. He urged Cubans to seek unity and overcome their divisions, but his message wasn't especially political.
When Pope Benedict arrives in Cuba on Monday, he'll be greeted by Cuban-Americans who have made the pilgrimage from Miami and other U.S. cities. Still, there are concerns that Cuba's Catholic Church isn't doing enough to reach out to political dissidents.
Pope Benedict XVI's trip will be the first papal visit to the island since John Paul II's historic trip in 1998. Two outdoor public Masses will give Benedict a chance to address the Cuban people, and all sides of Cuba's long political conflict will be looking for a little sympathy from the pope.
A rally organizers have billed as the "largest secular event in world history" will be held on the National Mall today. A new generation wants others to know atheists are more than just scolds; they're seeking human understanding, too.
The throngs of well-wishers stretched for miles along the highway from the airport when Pope Benedict XVI arrived Friday. The pontiff comes during a presidential campaign and amidst a brutal drug war that's terrified and desensitized much of the country.
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